ChristieCare/Youth Villages merger will bring new resources to program for Native American children

To better meet the needs of children and families in Oregon, the boards of directors of Oregon-based ChristieCare and Tennessee-based Youth Villages have agreed to a merger.   ChristieCare and Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization, will announce the merger Thursday during ChristieCare’s Catalyst for Change fundraising luncheon at the Hilton Executive Tower in Portland. Patrick W. Lawler, chief executive officer of Youth Villages, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon.   ChristieCare, founded in 1859, serves children statewide in Oregon through residential and educational services based in Clackamas County. The merger will allow for expansion of those residential programs and for the introduction of intensive in-home services to help children and families throughout the state. The merger will bring new resources and support for the Cedar Bough program at the Clackamas River. The program offers culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American children and helps children from the nine tribes native to Oregon, tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Native Alaskan children. To guide the program, a Native American advisory council was established. It includes members of the Native American Youth Authority, Native American Rehabilitation Association and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. “Youth Villages is committed to maintaining this program’s focus and to expanding it to help more Native American children who have emotional and behavioral problems,” said Sande Bea Allman, the program’s cultural liaison and...

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